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Fossil fuels are subsidized by $14.5 billion a day

Image via Eco Watch.

A shocking conclusion came from an International Monetary Fund report: they found that fossil fuels will be subsidized by a whopping $5.3 trillion dollars, way more than total health spendings of the entire world combined.

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

Bill Nye, Science Guy: climate change will consume us like WWII did our parents

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At his commencement address at Rutgers University, Bill Nye – famous for popularizing science as the Science Guy – said that climate change is the most serious crisis mankind has ever faced, liking the psychological pressure to that experienced by our parents and grandparents during World War II. He then called on the students to rise to the challenge and question those who deny the reality the planet is currently facing out of ignorance or malevolence alike.

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Huge Ice Shelf in Antarctica Set to Collapse

Larsen B is about as big as Rhode Island. Image via Wikipedia.

A NASA study has found that a huge ice shelf is set to collapse in a few years. The ice shelf, which has existed for over 12,000 years, is estimated to be over 200 meters thick.

Technology, World Problems

The NSA is gathering so much data, it’s become swamped and ironically ineffective at preventing terrorism

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One of the most famous NSA whistleblowers (or the ‘original NSA whistleblower’),  William Binney, said the agency is collecting stupendous amounts of data – so much that it’s actually hampering intelligence operations.

Environment, News, Technology, World Problems

EX-NASA Engineer Wants to Plant one Billion Trees a Year Using Drones

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Each year, we cut down 26 billion trees, for lumber, agriculture, mining and development projects. Every year, we plant about 15 billion trees, so that still leaves us with a huge deficit – something which is not sustainable and has to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid further problems down the road. Now, a former NASA engineer has found that drones could play a key part, and he plans to plant up to 1 billion trees a year using them.

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Lowest science spending since WWII threatens US economy and security, MIT says

What the US needs is to spend more on science.

A report issued by a committee at MIT concludes that the decline in science funding will have drastic consequences for the country’s economy and security, making the US trail behind other countries like China which is spending immense amounts of money on science. In fact, one study estimates China will become the world’s leading science and innovation producer by 2020, outpacing the US. The MIT report identifies some 15 fields where inadequate budgets seriously hampers progress, from Alzheimer’s research, to nuclear fusion, to disease and agriculture.

Climate, News, World Problems

A ‘warm blob’ in the Pacific is linked to California’s drought and East Coast snow storms

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Strange weather in the East Coast and California’s worst drought in history have been linked to a peculiar warm mass of water out in the Pacific Ocean. A new study published in the Geophysical Research Letters explain its origins and how its warm waters also warmed surface temperatures out in the coast, and displaced marine life, a major concern at the moment. Worth noting that research thus far suggests that ‘warm blob’, as it’s been dubbed, has been primarily attributed to natural variability, and not global warming.

Great Pics, World Problems

What overpopulation looks like, in PHOTOS

Sprawling Mexico City rolls across the landscape, displacing every scrap of natural habitat

Some might argue that 7 billion people, while a lot in itself, isn’t necessarily a cause of concern, not even when this is expected to sour to 10 billion by 2100. After all, 7 billion people can be squeezed in an area the size of Texas, but I think that’s besides the point. Yes, the world can make room for

Climate, News, World Problems

Marine life might need 1,000 years to recover from climate change

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Marine life is on the brink of experiencing its sixth mass extinction, a disruption that is expected to occur very rapidly once the gears are set in motion (cataclysmic chain events). Now, a new study suggests that it might take a full millennium for marine life to recover from a potential climate change-driven die off, not hundreds as previously suggested.

Environmental Issues, News, World Problems

As Arctic ice goes, so do the polar bears. Study finds land food is inadequate to keep them fed

Ringed seals are the polar bear's primary food source--but a beached whale means a feast! © Daniel J. Cox/Natural Exposures

After carefully calculating the net nutritional gain polar bears have from land-based food like caribou, berries or bird eggs, researchers found this is far from enough to compensate their typical fat-rich diet based on marine mammals. In consequence, as ice retreats and spring hunting season shortens polar bear populations are expected to fall dramatically. According to the study, two-third of the world’s polar bears will disappear by mid-century and by the end of the century the could follow, if the issue is not addressed.